The 2015-16 Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program wrapped up on May 7 with its annual awards banquet held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. Victoria Waits, of Fayette County, was recognized during the banquet.
“The banquet is a time to celebrate the many achievements of our BEST participants, both in and out of the show ring,” says Stephanie Sindel, BEST coordinator. “Each participant is recognized for their hard work by family, friends and BEST supporters alike.”
Several representatives from program sponsors, Bob Evans Farms, Burroughs Frazier Farms, Farm Credit Mid-America, M.H. Eby, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Weaver Livestock, were on hand to help present awards totaling more than $50,000 in belt buckles, luggage, show materials and other awards.
This year’s BEST program featured 15 sanctioned shows that weaved its way across the state with over 550 youth participants showing 740 head of market animals and heifers.
The Third Overall Maine-Anjou Steer award went to Victoria Waits. Victoria’s steer is sired by “Unstoppable.” She also earned the title of Reserve Champion ShorthornPlus Steer with her Man Among Boys calf. She was also recognized as the Champion Junior Showman and for attending all 15 BEST shows.
Victoria is the daughter of Kristina Waits from Washington Court House.